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January Seminar

Developing a Platform for Creating Waveguide Combiners for AR Headsets and Meta Surface-based Optics

Dr. Robert Visser
Appointed Vice President Engineering, Office of the CTO, Applied Materials, Inc.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023. 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM PDT

January 18, 2023

Presentation Abstract

Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR and VR) will become the new platforms for communicating learning and computing. Waveguide combiners are essential for transporting, expanding, and faithfully rendering the image generated by the display onto the glasses. Using more than 50 years of experience in creating and structuring thin films for semiconductor technology, we are now developing waveguide combiners on glass. Metasurface-based optics will revolutionize the world of optics, creating new opportunities for creating new devices which could not easily be created in classical optics and with a much thinner form factor. In this talk, we will describe the new materials and the techniques to create these nanostructured optical devices.
Dr. Robert Visser, Appointed Vice President Engineering, Office of the CTO, Applied Materials, Inc.

Robert Visser is Appointed Vice President of Engineering in the Office of the CTO at Applied Materials, Inc. He is responsible for creating business opportunities in new and adjacent markets related to advanced displays, optical components for augmented reality, ‘flat optics’ (metasurface based optics) and advanced packaging solutions enabling new packaging strategies for heterogenous integration. He also advises Applied’s chemistry group in India at IIT Mumbai and is looking at the role of new materials in quantum technology to explore new growth opportunities for Applied Materials in quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing.

Dr. Visser’s work in the display industry spans more than three decades. During that time, he helped develop technology that commercialized flat panel display manufacturing and uncovered breakthroughs that will lead to a new generation of flexible and bendable displays. Virtually every OLED display made today uses technology elements that he helped pioneer during his career.

In 2020 he was recognized by the Society of Information Display (SID) with the prestigious Fellows Award for his distinguished and valued “contributions to the development and commercialization of OLED technology, and specifically to thin film encapsulation solutions.” He holds a master’s degree in theoretical organic chemistry and physics, and a Ph.D. in physical and organic chemistry, both from Leiden University, Netherlands. He has numer

BA-SID Seminar Details

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Webinar ID: 178-150-443

Please verify that your system works with GoToWebinar in advance and you can also try GoToWebinar mobile application.

The webinar will run in parallel with the in-person event as it did prior to the start of COVID19.

Seminar Location – NEW LOCATION

Applied Materials, Inc.
Event Location: Building 1 Conference Center

3050 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Parking Available: Building 1 Parking Garage

Networking Event

Join BASID for networking at Giovanni’s pizza after the event!


Food will be provided after the seminar at Building 1. Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Prachi Sehgal

BA-SID Professional Person Spotlight

Prachi Sehgal

Prachi is Sr. Technology Program Manager at Society for Information Display (SID) overseeing IT Systems infrastructure processes and procedures. She has been with SID since 2012, leading a technology expansion to deliver innovative solutions for servicing all members of SID. Prachi has been instrumental in developing software-platform for peer-review publications, webinars, virtual conference and online community designed to encourage collaboration & provide networking opportunities for members’ professional growth. She is a seasoned software professional with two decades of experience in SDLC of custom applications, web and data services and managing engineering teams.

Prior to SID, Prachi was involved with database design and architecture of e-commerce websites and search engines. She has been working with startups and credit unions with focus on sustainable growth of the organization. Besides being a technology professional, Prachi is very passionate about the environment. She has been involved with City of San Jose to help bring environmental education to public schools including fundraising for various programs.

Prachi is also serving as Advisory Board Member for Cal State East Bay University. She has Master’s in Computer Management from Pune University, India.

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